March Madness 2012: Marv Albert and Jim Nantz on the Best of March Madness
Coverage of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament began last night on truTV. This marks the second year of a 14-year deal for CBS, Turner Sports (TBS, TNT and truTV) and the NCAA to broadcast every game live and in its entirety. For those who will be at work, all the games will available at NCAA.com.
What makes the NCAA tournament unique?
Albert » "For me it is all about the atmosphere. You have the bands, the fans, and the crowd is really into the game. Don't get me wrong; NBA crowds can be loud, but this is just different. There is just something so great about a college game with all the fun and intensity of the one-and-done way this tournament is played. This is not a best three of five or four of seven. You must win or you are out. The pressure is amazing, and it makes broadcasting the games more fun. Each game of this tournament is like Game 7 of an NBA Finals. You simply must play your best or you are out. It is the drama that makes this a great event and such a joy to broadcast."
Nantz » "Well, for years I worked with Billy Packer, and he would say that this tournament was the great American dream. If you were a small school playing a North Carolina, a Kansas, a Syracuse or a UCLA or any other powerhouse, you may not be able to play in their conference. But as Billy would say from a coach's standpoint, 'You only have to be better than them tonight.' That is the great part of this tournament. The upsets, the underdogs that get as we like to call it that 'One Shinning Moment' to be great like both Butler and VCU last year. No matter where I go or what event I broadcast, fans always come up to me and want to talk about a game I did in this tournament. It really does for two weeks capture the hearts of both the hard-core fan and those who only watch sports because of March Madness."
The answers to my questions came from a teleconference offered by CBS and Turner Sports.
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